Category Archives: Materials & Ideas

Kitchen Lighting – Ambient, Task, and Accent

While good lighting can enhance any room, it’s particularly helpful in the kitchen. Poor lighting can make it difficult to navigate or work in your kitchen. It can also be dangerous, especially if you’re using sharp utensils, handling portable appliances, or working near flames or hot surfaces. If you’re eating or entertaining in your kitchen, the right lighting can enhance the mood and make the experience even more enjoyable. There are three main types of lighting to consider: ambient lighting,

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Home Design Ideas: “Flying” Designer Shelves

While browsing some cool designer kitchens, we came across this little gem – a simple change to the shape of bookshelves that produces a dynamic effect, making what could have been a boring piece of furniture into a design statement that reminds one of a Formula 1 racecar. The Valcucine Riciclantica kitchen is a design-conscious as well as environmentally-conscious masterpiece of advanced technology and Italian design coming together. Valcucine kitchens are in the $ 30,000 – $ 50,000 neighborhood, but the effect

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Elements Of Design: Contemporary Shelving

In the dining area of this contemporary kitchen built by Greenbelt Homes in Austin, TX, the wine glasses are stored in a wall nook that places them within easy reach – and looks good doing it. A deceptively simple change to the traditional shelf layout results in an exciting, updated look that adds to the modernist appeal of this kitchen design. Instead of running the shelves across the full width of the storage niche, they’re cut off before reaching the

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Fiber Cement could be your home’s new favorite siding

When it comes to picking the correct siding finish for your house it’s not always easy to get the correct balance between style, durability, maintenance and most of all affordability. When you pick materials such as wood, stone, brick, vinyl or stucco, then you may end up with only a few of the above options. The only way to achieve all four of these is to go with fiber cement, which is a mix of wood pulp and Portland cement

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Making the most use out of your basement

When it comes to our basement the thoughts usually point towards storage and a boiler room right? These rooms are usually out of sight as well as out of our minds until we need to tend to them. However if you put in a bit of tender love and care, a refurbished basement could potentially provide a great way for some homeowners to not only add extra square footage to their property but also utilize that space when it would

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